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Where police forces don't resemble the community

Where police forces don't resemble the community | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A Washington Post analysis of police staffing shows that the vast majority of cities have a police presence that is a lot whiter than the population.

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Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 19, 2014 11:32 AM

While my students are not quite ready for this level of complexity on Day 1, this will be a nice data analysis warm-up next quarter. 

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The Supreme Court’s B.C. land-title decision? It’s more important than you think

The Supreme Court’s B.C. land-title decision? It’s more important than you think | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
The Tsilhqot’in First Nation case is built on centuries of legal agreements, and might finally resolve a divide that has hurt Canada for decades
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Government says climate change will make weather more extreme

Government says climate change will make weather more extreme | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Natural Resources Canada says Canada needs to reduce risks, moderate harm that will be done
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The Slumdog Millionaire Architect

The Slumdog Millionaire Architect | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Hafeez Contractor’s wildly prolific (and flamboyant) architecture has come to define Mumbai. But have his projects helped improve life in the city’s slums?
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In New Zealand, A River Becomes A Legal Person

In New Zealand, A River Becomes A Legal Person | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
From TakePart's Alison Fairbrother: If corporations are people now, why can’t rivers be?
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Drought-stricken Wichita Falls is ready to become the first U.S. city to drink its own toilet water

Drought-stricken Wichita Falls is ready to become the first U.S. city to drink its own toilet water | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
With two-thirds of Texas in drought, Wichita Falls plans to treat sewage because it’s faster and cheaper than building reserves or drilling wells
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40 maps that explain the world

40 maps that explain the world | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Visualizing everything from the spread of religion to the most racially tolerant countries to the world's writing systems.
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The Canadian Oil Boom

The Canadian Oil Boom | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
The Canadian Oil Boom: Infographic   The Canadian Oil Boom The Canadian Oil Sands are the world's single largest petroleum resource at 1.7 trillion
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How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines

How Online Mapmakers Are Helping the Red Cross Save Lives in the Philippines | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Volunteers across the world are building the digital infrastructure for the organization's Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts
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How safe is fracking?

How safe is fracking? | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
DOZENS of protesters, including a member of parliament, were arrested on August 19th during demonstrations around Britain against hydraulic fracturing, or fracking....
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BBC News - 'Heat Armageddon' in California's Death Valley

BBC News - 'Heat Armageddon' in California's Death Valley | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
Huw Cordey experiences the extreme heat of California's Death Valley in summer.
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Carbon dioxide hits levels not seen for three million years

Carbon dioxide hits levels not seen for three million years | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
‘It feels like the inevitable march toward disaster,’ scientist says
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Amnesty International sends team within US for first time

Amnesty International sends team within US for first time | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
As anger erupted again on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, a human rights team from Amnesty International worked on the ground in the US for the first time ever.

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 18, 2014 9:35 AM

After Michael Brown was shot 6 times by a police officer, the community was outraged and the police responded by maintaining their concept of control by exceeding their powers.  There will be much more fallout from this before it is all said and done. 

Cory Erlandson's curator insight, August 19, 2014 11:31 AM

This might challenge the notion that humans rights are solely an American export.

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Video: Study says Earth on brink of mass extinction event

Video: Study says Earth on brink of mass extinction event | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A landmark study by an international group of scientists has concluded that planet Earth is on the brink of a mass extinction event comparable in scale to the one that wiped out the dinosaurs 65-million years ago. The researchers found that extinction rates are currently 1000 times higher than normal due to deforestation, global climate change, and the depletion of ocean fisheries
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Report warns world's fragile oceans pushed to point of collapse

Report warns world's fragile oceans pushed to point of collapse | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
A new report by a group of former world leaders, including ex-prime minister Paul Martin, says fixing our oceans will require unpopular, expensive changes
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The Nature of Things - Save My Lake - YouTube

Lake Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. 10th largest lake in the world. 2011. The Nature of Things reveals how a perfect storm of agriculture, hydro practices, sewa...
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The Geological Society

The Geological Society | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
An online resource from the Geological Society, aimed at students aged 14 - 16. Learn how the theory of plate tectonics has developed, what happens at different plate margins, and the tectonic history of the UK.
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40 more maps that explain the world

40 more maps that explain the world | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
I've searched wide and far for maps that can reveal and surprise and inform in ways that the daily headlines might not.
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Projections and propaganda - Map skills and higher-order thinking

Projections and propaganda - Map skills and higher-order thinking | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
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Frackdown Day: Worldwide protest to end shale gas extraction

Global Frackdown Day is on - Saturday marks a worldwide protest, uniting all activists who want to put an end to shale gas extraction. 'Fracktivists', as the...
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Cycling Culture in Copenhagen

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More than a third of Copenhageners bike to school or work, but it hasn't always been that way -- and city officials say that's not nearly enough.

Biking here was stress-free — quite a contrast to my route to work in Seattle, which one international bike expert recently called “death-defying.”


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, August 21, 2013 11:34 AM

Forms of transportation are typically seen in terms of technological developments, but the cultural institutions can either support or hinder the diffusion.  In Copenhagen, bikes are as common as vacuum cleaners because of a cultural movement supported by political initiatives to incentivize cycling and promote sustainable transit and active lifestyles.  Read the first part of this series where an American tourist is pleasantly baffled by European cycling culture. 

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, September 1, 2013 5:44 PM

Very good! 

Sarah Ziolkowski's curator insight, January 1, 2014 6:25 PM

This article applies to the  concepts of culture unit, specifically the diffusion section. It talks about Copenhagen's new cycling culture emerging after the government's efforts to neutralize CO2. 36% of the city's population bikes to work or school, a number they'd like to increase. However, they are still well ahead of The United State's highest percent in Portland, Oregon of 6%. Copenhagen's action could be a model for your community to change to biking. 

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Natalie Jeremijenko: The art of the eco-mindshift | Video on TED.com

Natalie Jeremijenko's unusual lab puts art to work, and addresses environmental woes by combining engineering know-how with public art and a team of volunteers.
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How much food - and grocery money - are Canadians wasting?

How much food - and grocery money - are Canadians wasting? | Geographic Issues of the 21st Century | Scoop.it
With every bruised apple and blackened banana, consumers might as well be throwing loonies in the trash
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